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American Legion (service dates: 1917 – present)

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Sons of the American Legion
(male direct descendant of eligible veteran)
 
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American Legion Auxiliary
(female direct descendant of eligible veteran)

Do You Remember?

Do you remember when your unit was under fire? You were scared. You didn’t know whether you would ever get home again; see your family, your loved ones. And the only thing that you could count on in that instant was your buddy. And you knew he was counting on you too.

Perhaps you were one of the lucky ones who never saw combat. Do you remember the tediousness of garrison life? Do you remember the interminable hurry up and wait? Do you remember the inane make-work projects you were ordered to do? But your buddy was always there along side you, making the wisecrack, helping you make it though each day, maybe even covering for you on occasion.

Your buddy still needs you!!!

Maybe your buddy is in one of the VA hospitals; his war wounds and/or time have taken its toll on his body. Maybe he or she is a young veteran, just discharged from service in the Gulf War or Bosnia and is having difficulty finding a civilian job. Maybe your buddy is just an ordinary guy or gal like yourself, wanting to share stories and comradeship with someone who was in a similar situation.

Your buddy still needs you!!!

The American Legion is the place for you to help your buddy and for your buddy to help you. Founded in 1918, it is the largest veteran’s organization in the United States with over 3 million members.

Your buddy still needs you!!!

Joseph J. Duncan, Jr. Post 119 was chartered on September 29,1920. We are veterans just like you. We care about America, our fellow veterans. our families and our children. As a member of Joseph J. Duncan, Jr. Post 119 we continue to serve our God, our Country and our Community.

Our Legionnaires participate in many community activities such as parades, memorials, dedications, etc. We have a funeral honor guard detail ready, willing and able at the family’s request. Our funeral detail is available to all veterans. We sponsor local students to participate in Boy State; sponsor scholarships to better educate our children.

AMERICA NEEDS YOU – JOIN NOW!

The Four Pillars of the American Legion

  • Strong National Security
  • Taking Care of Veterans
  • Mentoring Youth
  • Patriotism and Honor (Americanism)

 

American Legion Eligibility

You were honorably discharged after serving at least one day of active military duty in either the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marines, or the U.S. Coast Guard during one of the following time periods:

  • April 6, 1917 – Nov. 11, 1918 – WWI
  • Dec. 7, 1941 – Dec. 31, 1946 – WWII
  • June 25, 1950 – Jan. 31, 1955 – Korea
  • Feb. 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 – Vietnam
  • Aug. 24, 1982 – July 31, 1984 – Lebanon & Grenada
  • Dec. 20, 1989 – Jan. 31, 1990 – Panama
  • Aug. 2, 1990 – Cessation of hostilities as determined by U.S. Government. – Persian Gulf
  • You were honorably discharged after serving at least one day of active duty in the Merchant Marines during the period Dec. 7, 1941 – Aug. 15, 1945.
  • You are currently serving honorably in either the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marines, or the U.S. Coast Guard.

 

Special Member Benefits

As a member, you will receive The American Legion Magazine.

Membership in The American Legion brings with it special benefits that not only provide protection for your family American Legion Life Insurance Program.

As a member, you will be eligible for Discounts from the following companies:

  • Allied Van Lines World-Class Moving
  • American Red Ball World Wide Movers
  • AVIS Car Rental
  • Choice Hotels International
  • Days Inn
  • Eye Care Plan of America
  • La Quinta Inns
  • Marriott Hotels/Resorts/Suites
  • National Car Rental
  • North American Van Lines
  • Sea World
  • Thrifty Car Rental

 

American Legion Programs

The American Legion conducts many major programs. You choose the ones you want to get involved in:

  • Americanism
  • Children and Youth
  • Employment
  • National Security
  • Veterans’ Affairs and Rehabilitation
  • Legislative
  • Special Member Benefits

 

Legion Dues

All membership cards expire December 31 of the year on the face of the card.

The constitution of The American Legion sets the due date on October 20, each year, for the year “about to begin”. In order to give all the members time to meet this due date, with processing time built in to allow the posts to collect the dues, transmit them to the various state headquarters, and for the states to report the renewals to the national organization, the Legion has learned over many years to begin the renewal procedure at mid-year.

The Legion is very cost-conscious and this ‘direct mail renewal’ procedure is the same as other very large mail/catalog/magazine operations. Some have even looked to the Legion’s methods for cost savings in their businesses–after all, the Legion has been doing this for 90 years.

If a person renews in July, the card is good for the remainder of the current year and all of the following year. Each year afterwards, no matter when the renewal takes place, the person is simply extending the membership until the next December 31. In 2010, in fact, the Legion plans to place the expiration date on the face of every card.

The magazine is free to all paid members, but since the member is owed 12 full issues for every renewal, the magazine subscription is linked to the actual month the member joined initially. For this reason, a member’s magazine might continue for months after his card has expired. The two are not linked.[/x_columnize][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section]